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Finance and performance of Portuguese hospitals

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  • Elvira Lima

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    (NIMA, Universidade do Minho)

  • David K. Whynes

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    (HEU, School of Economics, University of Nottingham)

Abstract

This study analyses the impact of changing systems of finance on the performance of hospitals in Portugal, specifically in terms of costs per admission and per patient day, average length of stay and the number of admissions. The study is based on panel data (36 hospitals over a ten-year period), used to estimate cost functions. It is concluded that costs per admission decreased over the period in question, principally due to declining length of stay.

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Paper provided by Núcleo de Investigação em Microeconomia Aplicada (NIMA), Universidade do Minho in its series NIMA Working Papers with number 20.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2003
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Handle: RePEc:nim:nimawp:20

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Keywords: DRG; financing systems; hospital; Portugal; prospective payment;

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